Ithan Pto Funds Filched; Delco Investigating Loss

Posted: July 26, 1996

RADNOR — Delaware County's Criminal Investigation Division is investigating allegations that more than $50,000 was embezzled from Ithan Elementary School's parent teacher organization, authorities said.

A letter, signed by PTO presidents Laura Botte and Beverly Galloway and sent Wednesday to Ithan parents, stated that in mid-June ``it was discovered that the PTO account was overdrawn. Since this information contradicted our records, an investigation and audit was initiated.''

That investigation ``revealed that over $50,000 had been misappropriated,'' the letter said. The matter was turned over to the District Attorney's Office.

The money was raised through such functions as spring carnivals, book fairs, wrapping-paper sales, and advertisements in the school directory. Galloway refused to comment on the incident.

For three years, the PTO, which has about 100 members regularly attending its monthly meetings, has been raising money to fund new playgrounds at Ithan.

The PTO letter told parents that the organization's ``main objective is to recover the funds you so graciously donated so that our playground project can be completed. . . .''

Assistant District Attorney Joseph Grace declined to say whether authorities had a suspect.

The investigation is being led by Sgt. Joseph Ryan, head of the CID's white-collar crime unit. Ryan has met with PTO representatives, Grace said, but no answers as to how the money was allegedly stolen have surfaced yet. Ryan could not be reached for comment.

|
|
|
|
|